Whether you want success for business or your personal life, the strategies are the same. Your success is ultimately determined by your daily decisions and habits. Use these 5 steps to develop successful habits toward achieving your goals.
Set Clear, Specific Goals
First consider what is important to you, what you want to achieve and then commit to making it happen. Set SMART goals and write them down to make them more tangible.
- Specific— goals should be clearly defined and identified
- Measurable— goals should be measurable and achievable
- Attainable— goals should be realistic and achievable
- Relevant — goals should be closely connected and appropriate to the habit being considered
- Time-bound—goals should have only a certain time frame to achieve it
After the goals are written down, plan the steps needed to realize your goal. Getting started is often the hardest, so make sure you choose goals that are important to you and push you into action.
“…what you get by reaching your goals is not nearly so important as what you become by reaching them.”- Zig Ziglar
Choose Discipline Over Mood
Decide the actions you are going to take and follow through with them, despite your mood. When that is difficult, remember why you made the goal in the first place and be true to your word. You will be proud of being true to your commitments. This same mentality works for any goal. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Create Consistent Habits
Make habits consistent, things you do without thought. Come up with habits that support your goals and make them an automatic part of your daily routine to see consistent progress. Consistency isn’t rocket science, it’s commitment, there can be no true success without it.
Track Your Progress
When you are setting your goals, create measurable benchmarks to see how you are doing. It’s easy to be consistent with a new goal in the beginning, but your success depends on the habits you develop for your daily actions. Track what is working and what isn’t. When you regularly track your progress, you stay connected to your goals. Recognize the progress you have made toward your goals and don’t give up making the actions a habit in your life.
Resourceful Support for Your Goals
Why re-invent the wheel? Research the success that others have had achieving similar goals and incorporate their habits into your life. Answers and information surround you; tap into them and apply what you learn to your life.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
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- How to Achieve Your Goals Faster With Less Struggle and Stress by Julie Chance
- Winners: Integrity, Goals, and Oneness by Lisa H Harrington